Coming into Summer a very important question needs solving…. where are the best Fish n Chips in Australia?
Finding the perfect fish – crumbed or battered, most awesome hand cut seasoned hot chips or most non fake, deliciously wrong seafood stick are all high on my priority list and cutting out all the bad fish n chip shops that think soggy fish and fries instead of hand cut chips are ok – need to be shamed and named.
Firstly – if you feel strongly about this – you need to get involved in the Crisco Best Fish and Chip Shop competition by registering your vote. Stay tuned on their website – http://www.bestfishnchips.com.au/register to register for next year.
The Fish Mongers Wife at East Brisbane has been back to back winners of the award in the past and having been there a few times they do deserve points for having nice eat in options, a creative and extensive menu plus fancy salad options. But as you can probably tell from what I just wrote- it’s a bit upmarket. Where are the awesome old school chips…? They aren’t there. The chips were not worth eating – they were bland and under seasoned. So for that reason I don’t rate them as the best as I think old school is best and I miss the days when fish and chips were simple, came rolled up in paper and greasy was ok rather than been given ‘low fat’ options.
My favourite fish and chip shop at the moment isn’t in Brisbane but down at Chinderah which is just over the border near Tweed Heads. It’s called Tweed River Seafood’s and no matter what time of the year you go there always seems to be a line up and its well deserved.
The pieces of fish are huge and crumbed is the default option, the seafood sticks are juicy and the different seafood packs are great value. The chips are big, seasoned and you get a lot of them. Attached to the take way area they also have their fresh seafood section which always looks fresh, well stocked and good value.
Another plus is they are opposite the Tweed River so you don’t have to drive anywhere to eat your meal – you can just relax on the bank and take in the view.
I’d like to hear about other quality fish and chips shops so let me know where they are! Where is the place to go in Brisbane – and what about Adelaide? Now in my Hall of Fame of Fish and Chip Shops, The National Fish Cafe down the bay was the place to go for Fish and Chips. They unfortunately closed down but when I was growing up in Adelaide I loved their weird little back dining area, the wooden booths in the takeaway area and it was where I had my first ever Seafood stick and all I remember was being completely in love with this new taste in my mouth even if the texture was a bit funky! At that stage I was a picky eater and so Yiros’s scared me but I remember always trying to pinch some Yiros bread from my brother as it was so soft and had an amazing taste. Now that I actually eat Yiros – I have never found a Yiros bread softer or tastier…so I want to know where the best Yiros is at as well!
Yiros is hard to come by in Brisbane – unless you go to a actual Greek Restaurant all you will find are kebabs. I’m not a fan of options when it comes to my Yiros – it needs to be old school – lamb, lettuce, garlic sauce. Luckily some fabulous people decided to open Char Char Yiros at Boundary St, West End and it is delicious!!!! They make proper old school Yiros – coming from Adelaide where getting a Yiros is so god damn easy I’m so relieved that finally I can walk down the street and get my hands on one that actually is worth eating. They even have girl sized Yiros for people that can’t pull off a full one!